Two Grayson County High School seniors have been selected to receive book awards from KET Distance Learning for outstanding accomplishment in the study of Arts in Culture.
Arts in Culture is a multimedia arts and humanities course that focuses on making connections between eras, styles, disciplines, students, and their world. Students learn about cultures and their values through visual and performing arts and how those lessons apply to their lives.
“Out of many excellent students in the course, I have chosen two outstanding award recipients for their quality of work, their willingness to think and write creatively about the topics we studied, their thoughtful and detailed responses, and their engagement with the material and class participation,” said KET Arts in Culture teacher Abby Lane.
This year’s Arts in Culture Book Award winner is Laska Anderson, cited for the highest overall score in the class, her impressively consistent work, and her positive contributions to class discussion.
She is receiving a copy of A Painter’s Kitchen: Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O’Keeffe by Margaret Wood in honor of her love of Western American art and her plan to attend Texas Christian University in the fall. The book shares some of O’Keeffe’s philosophies on life, art, and food and is intended to inspire her to find the creativity in all her endeavors.
A second award this year for Outstanding Blog goes to Sarah Norris.
“Student blogs are an important part of the Arts in Culture course, and Sarah routinely exhibited the spirit of these assignments with her unique designs and thoughtful, engaging posts,” said Lane.
Sarah will receive the Music Listography Journal by Lisa Nola to encourage her to keep connecting with and responding to visual and performing arts and sharing her passions and observations with the world.
Laska, who is the daughter of Wallace and Sissy Anderson, spoke about the online course she and Sarah participated in during the second tri-mester of the GCHS school year.
“It was a broad survey of the arts through history, beginning with the Renaissance and covering art in Africa and Asia and the effect art has had on those civilizations,” she said. “I enjoy art, but I am more of a history person.”
Sarah, who is the daughter of David and Lorie Norris, said she is definitely interested in the arts and will be majoring in English and Theater at Campbellsville University beginning next year.
“Many of our assignments were to look at an art piece, or listen to some music, or watch a dance and then write a response,” she said. “The blog was my favorite because I enjoy writing. I focused on how those things made me feel. I focused on the emotions.”
Abby Lane, the KET course instructor, visited at the high school and almost missed the pair.
“I actually missed her,” Anderson said. “She came to the school, but I was absent that day.”
“She came for a whole class hour, but I had just gotten back from a field trip, and was really sick.”
Despite her illness and the fact that the school day was over, Norris said she sat with Lane and the two discussed art, school and many other subjects.
“She was a very interesting person and was really smart.”